Dec 15, 2012 2:30pm PST
america's freedom? >> originally, it was because of taxation without representation in british parliament. [ cheers and applause ] >> okay, that was an easy one. but a recent test of 8th graders went a little deeper. they were asked to identify one advantage the colonial forces had over the british in the american revolution. >> the colonists knew the land much better than the british did, so they had better fighting ground. >> our troops were more motivated. >> and the british were from a country that was away by an ocean. >> all correct. the colonists were fighting on familiar territory, they were fighting to protect their homes and families, and they didn't have to transport supplies over the ocean. while we only showed you the kids who knew the correct answers, two out of three 8th graders across the country couldn't come up with any of these factors. the history test is given every few years by the national educational assessment project. what's the goal of the test? >> the test was an assessment of how much our students know about our u.s. history at grades 4, 8, and 12.
Dec 15, 2012 7:00am PST
talk about the tragedy and connecticut. he said that every parent in america has a hard habit with hard. here is more of the president's address to the nation. >> our hearts are broken today. we grieve for the parents and we do keep the parents of those who survive. as blessed are they are to have their children home they know that their child's innocence have been torn away too early. as a nation, we have endured too many of these tragedies in the last few years. an elementary school in new town, a shopping mall, a house of worship and wisconsin. a movie theater in colorado and countless street corners in places like chicago and philadelphia. any of these neighborhoods could be dashed as we have to come together and take action to prevent things like this from happening. regardless of politics. this weekend machel and i are doing with their parents don't. we are holding our children and remind them how much we love them t. arafat is a connected who cannot do that. they need all of us right now. while no one can take the place of day and lost love one week is to extend a hand to them. i
Dec 14, 2012 5:00pm PST
not a parent in america who does not feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those that died today were children. beautiful, little kids between five and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations. weddings. kids of their own. iman the fall and were also teachers-among-the fallen where teachers. our hearts are broken today for the parents and the grandparents, sisters, brothers of these little children. and for the families of the adults that were lost. our hearts are broken for the hearts of the survivors as well. as blessed as the heart to have the children home tonight they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early. there is no word if that will ease their pain. as a country, we have been through this too many times. if it is a elementary school and newton, conn., or a shopping mall and connecticut, or a temple in wisconsin or a movie and all aurora, these neighborhoods our our neighborhoods and these are our children. we are going to come together and take meaningful action to prevent tragedi
Dec 14, 2012 8:00pm PST
true today. i know that there is not a parent in america that does not feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those that died today were children. beautiful children between five-10 years old. (camera shutters) >> they have their entire lives of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. among the fallen, were teachers, men & women that devoted their lives to help our children fulfill their dreams so are our hearts are broken today. for the parents, the grandparents, sisters, brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults that lost. our hearts are broken for the appearance of the survivors as well. as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their child's innocence has been torn away too early. there are no words to ease their pain. as a country, we have been through this too many times. when there is an elementary school in connecticut, a shopping mall in portland, ore., or a temple in wisconsin. or a movie theater outside of colorado in aurora. or a street corner in chicago. these children